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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Let's meet!

My phone has been ringing and beeping off the hook this week from friends wanting to get together once more before I leave Korea!  I loved the attention (I'm being honest) and was excited each time I wrote a new dinner date in my calendar.... On the other hand, it makes leaving just that much harder after seeing all of the people I've gotten to know and love over the last 4 years!

Tuesday was a fun dinner after work with Craig (from CANADA) and Aaron at CHAM, on the island.  Craig lives down the street from us and teaches with Okk twice a week. He's a gem as far as we're concerned!

Wednesday was dinner with Crystal (from AUSTRALIA) and Anne (from WISCONSIN) at the Casino in Seomyeon!  Yes, we had dinner at the casino, and no we didn't play any games! haha  I happened to have 3 free dinner vouchers. and no, it's not because I'm a frequent casino goer!  One of Aaron's student's moms works there and when she saw us last time, she gave us a handful of free dinner vouchers! So I "took the girls out" for dinner and we ate there for FREE! haha. (iphone photo because I had to sneak in a shot.  No cameras are allowed inside.)

Thursday night I took the 113 bus to the other side of town...

... for REVENGE night at Adam and Ashley's (from CALIFORNIA), except this time we channeled our inner teenager and watched Pretty Little Liars since there wasn't a new episode of Revenge this week.  I happen to think you're never too old to watch High School based TV dramas and no REVENGE night is ever complete without a giant bowl of popcorn!

Oh and in addition to watching the show, I dyed Ashley's hair dark brown in her living room!  It turned out beautiful and now we're both brunettes!  Yep, you heard that right, I'm a brunette again!  Did it last night!

Friday night was dinner with my own husband at home - YAY!  We made a stir fry with carrots, green bell peppers, bak choy, onion, garlic, tofu, brown rice and a ridiculously delicious homemade Thai peanut sauce that Aaron makes.  He kills it every time! 

Saturday afternoon was an amazing Italian feast of a lunch with Meg and Dave (from WEST VIRGINIA) at The Pan in Nampodong!  They surprised us and paid for the whole thing as a thank you for me helping Meg with her AWESOME BLOG!  She's a wealth of knowledge when it comes to healthy eating, vegan cooking,  crafty stuff and being an inspiration, so I love reading her blog!  She'll kill me for choosing this picture to post of the 2 of them, but it's them to a tee... Meg is poised and refined - Dave is just plain silly!  I love them.

Pizza at The Pan is my favorite!

 The "new brunette" Me and A!

We weren't ready to say goodbye after lunch, so we walked next door for some tea and coffee!  We chose the Terrace Cafe because "The Terrace cafe care about you."  Plain and simple. :)

See what I mean about Dave being "silly"?

We're not sure if we'll get to see Meg and Dave again before we leave, so this was an especially special coffee date.  Lucky for us, they've been discussing a possible move to Asheville, NC when they leave Korean NEXT year, which would be a 5 minute drive from Aaron's family!  So, we said goodbye with the belief that we WILL see them again! :)

Since Meg LOVES quotes, this one's for her,
"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes.  A farewell is necessary before you can meet again... and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends!"  - Richard Bach

After coffee, I jumped on the subway and headed north east to Kyungsung to meet Lauren (who just moved to Korea last weekend), Salome and Gill (all from SOUTH AFRICA) for Korean BBQ, which I didn't even touch!  I was still stuffed from the giant lunch...

We all love this restaurant in KSU...  It's rough around the edges and the floors and walls are dirty, but the food is delicious, the service is always GREAT and we could never find anything like it back home!

I'm a homebody, for the most part, but this week was so much fun and filled with so many great and meaningful conversations out on the town.  I have been blessed with great friends in Korea, the kind of friends who REALLY, TRULY love and support me... I am feeling especially THANKFUL tonight.